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Old 01-16-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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AEV lift kit?

Hi, I have a 2012 jeep wrangler unlimited sport and was thinking about putting a 3.5 inch AEV lift on it, its expensive but is it worth it?

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if you think the aev 3.5 is expensive, your gonna be in a world of hurt. ur gonna have to get yourself a new driveshaft, upgrade your gears if you plan on bigger tires/wheels (bcuz even 33's look puny on a 3.5 lift). gusset c's, sleeve the axles and maybe truss.

start off with what tires you want to run first before you decide on your lift.

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I have the 2.5" aev lift with the geo correction brackets. I am running 35/12.5/15 tires with plenty of room to spare. This lift give a better than stock ride.
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Hi Zack,
Welcome to the forum. How do you plan on using your vehicle after it is lifted? Any particular reason you chose this kit or 3.5" of lift? A few details may help members give you some suggestions.
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Hi, I have a 2012 jeep wrangler unlimited sport and was thinking about putting a 3.5 inch AEV lift on it, its expensive but is it worth it?
No, the AEV lift isn't worth the price. IMO, they are missing several components that other 3.5" lifts include.

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if you think the aev 3.5 is expensive, your gonna be in a world of hurt. ur gonna have to get yourself a new driveshaft, upgrade your gears if you plan on bigger tires/wheels (bcuz even 33's look puny on a 3.5 lift). gusset c's, sleeve the axles and maybe truss.

start off with what tires you want to run first before you decide on your lift.
You don't "need" sleeves and a truss to run 35's, or 37's. But yes, you can fit 35's with less than 3" of lift and don't have to worry about driveshafts, control arms etc...

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Zack,

I would step back and see what your wanting to do with your JK and what size tire your looking to run. There is a lot of great lift options out there. You may find one that suites what your looking to do better and you may not need all the headaches that come along with a 3.5" lift either.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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Hi Zack,
Welcome to the forum. How do you plan on using your vehicle after it is lifted? Any particular reason you chose this kit or 3.5" of lift? A few details may help members give you some suggestions.
Ill be doing some moderate off roading, I plan on 35 inch Nitto Trial Grapplers and 17 inch wheels.
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With that setup, I would stick to a 2.5" lift. You would have no issues with the driveshaft and would not cost you as much down the road...

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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I have a 12 Jk with a pro comp 2.5 lift , I'm running 315 75 17 . Plenty of room and near stock ride not to mention it looks great....but then again I'm a little bias........haha
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Krawl is giving you the best advice ~ for that tire size you don't need a big lift. One of our sales guys here is running 35s on his stock 24C Sport with flat fenders. And if you haven't taken your stock Wrangler out wheeling yet, I highly advise you do so. I follow lifted Rubicons in my stock Sport all the time. It's all about picking the right line and knowing the limits of your vehicle (and a good set of rock rails).

An AEV 2.5" lift with the Geometry Correction Brackets will cost you right at $1000 + tax and install. You won't need to change anything else to run 35" tires (except gears if you have the 3.21), and it's going to ride significantly better than stock. Just understand that these are overlanding kits and aren't designed for rock crawling ~ they'll handle a mild stretch, but if you're planning on that kind of offroading you're looking at the wrong company.
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Just understand that these are overlanding kits and aren't designed for rock crawling ~ they'll handle a mild stretch, but if you're planning on that kind of offroading you're looking at the wrong company.
What would you recommend for rock crawling? I'm wanting to go to 35's on my Rubicon and will mostly be playing on the rocks.

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What would you recommend for rock crawling? I'm wanting to go to 35's on my Rubicon and will mostly be playing on the rocks.

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Depends on what you want to spend. Just about any of the better known brands will have a similar ride quality. What you're looking for is quality control arms and proper geometry throughout. Rock Krawler, Teraflex, Full Traction, EVO, Currie...these guys all make bomb proof kits that can handle the extremes of rock crawling. I hear great things about all of these companies, and have first hand experience with all but Rock Krawler, but EVO is going to give you the best of the best. They have a short arm kit and a few different long arm variations, and they're coilover conversion is absolutely incredible. Very pricey though. Teraflex has lower cost alternatives, but they're long arm LCG kit is really top notch for mixed use offroading. And any of these long arm kits are going to handle much better than a short arm kit when you're up on 35"+ tires. Shocks are another consideration...all of these companies allow you to use your own preference, or their recommendation. EVO uses custom valved KING shocks for everything, which is why they're so expensive. Rock Krawler and Teraflex have their own shocks that are on par with Bilstein. Fox is another alternative...but as you do a little research just look at what people are using on their own vehicles and you'll get an idea of what you need to spend to get the ride you want.
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What would you recommend for rock crawling? I'm wanting to go to 35's on my Rubicon and will mostly be playing on the rocks.

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Jim,

For a starting point, we recommend this:
Rock Krawler JK 2.5 Flex System

You will need some more items though. We can put together a package deal that will ride like stock on road, and handle anything you want to throw at it off road!

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #15
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Thanks for the information, it is much appreciated. However, the lift that ferninAZ linked is a bit out of my price range at $4k.
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^you can always wheel it first and upgrade to ur needs. Remember, ur jk is very capable in its original state.
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Thanks for the information, it is much appreciated. However, the lift that ferninAZ linked is a bit out of my price range at $4k.
Ok then, NOT including wheels and tires, what is your lift budget?
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I'm just doing research at this point. I'm going to drive it stock for as long as I can stand it and then I'll lift it. I bought it the day before thanksgiving and have not had the chance to take it off-road. I would think that my budget for the lift would be around $1200 or less.
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With that setup, I would stick to a 2.5" lift. You would have no issues with the driveshaft and would not cost you as much down the road...

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I agree. Plenty of room with the 2.5". AEV is what I run because I wanted a great riding kit and this one rides better than most the 2.5" kits out there. I will be doing mostly city driving with some overlanding across the country with camping. I will avoid rocks as much as possible so AEV became the kit for me. There are some things I wish the kit had, but the shocks and springs being tuned so well for each other is great. I have ran some of the best coilover kits on my IFS trucks and never has one handled the bumps and stuff as well as this kit. I'm running 35's and might add some C gussets just for piece of mind.
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Yeah I too run the aev 2.5" lift, mostly because the stock suspension is sloppy at best and dangerous at worst. Use quality components and do the research. Whatever kit you choose, do not settle for stock or close to stock handling as its atrocious. (Did I spell that lady word right?)

Cheers and have fun.
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35s with moderate off-roading? Why are there $4000 lift kits being posted?

I ran coil spacers and shock extensions on the rocks for 2 years with 35s. I'm not saying it's the best, but my experience with JK owners is very few of them actually know what they "need" to go out on the trails. The RK flex lift posted is a great choice if you plan on upgrading the Jeep further down the road..and picking up the pace some with trail difficulty. $4000 MetalCloak? Did freninAZ actually think that was a reasonable option for the original poster?

Anyway, OP, figure out what kinda trails you'd like to do, what sort of budget you have and what your future plans for the rig might entail. Mine started with a $180 budget boost on 35s until I figured out what I needed. I haven't made it too much further than that and run the absolute hardest trails my rig will remotely go up on 37s.

It's just a little annoying to see a guy new to off-roading, with pretty simple requests and it's looking like he has no viable options other than spending $1000 in parts to do what he's looking to do.

coil spacers and shock extensions on 35s...it didn't even blow up! [sarcasm]

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35s with moderate off-roading? Why are there $4000 lift kits being posted?

I ran coil spacers and shock extensions on the rocks for 2 years with 35s. I'm not saying it's the best, but my experience with JK owners is very few of them actually know what they "need" to go out on the trails. The RK flex lift posted is a great choice if you plan on upgrading the Jeep further down the road..and picking up the pace some with trail difficulty. $4000 MetalCloak? Did freninAZ actually think that was a reasonable option for the original poster?

Anyway, OP, figure out what kinda trails you'd like to do, what sort of budget you have and what your future plans for the rig might entail. Mine started with a $180 budget boost on 35s until I figured out what I needed. I haven't made it too much further than that and run the absolute hardest trails my rig will remotely go up on 37s.

It's just a little annoying to see a guy new to off-roading, with pretty simple requests and it's looking like he has no viable options other than spending $1000 in parts to do what he's looking to do.

coil spacers and shock extensions on 35s...it didn't even blow up! [sarcasm]
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I'm a little spoiled, my first Jeep was a 2000 TJ that was already built with 4" of lift and locked front and rear. Having a new model Jeep and being away from the Jeep world for about 10 years, I am trying to educate myself on what is available and what is working well for others. So, I very much appreciate the advice and also freninAZ for pointing out options on the high end. It's interesting to see what is out there for options.
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Im a fan of Rock Krawler systems Abuse Proof Lifetime Warranty on All Hard Parts, Upgradeable to any other Rock Krawler System,
plenty to choose from to fit your budget .

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This right here is excellent advice too. Our store does everything from basic spacer lifts to $80k Hemi show Jeep builds...I've put 13,000 miles on my Sport with no upgrade other than rock rails and I wheel the hell out of it. You absolutely don't need to do anything to your Wrangler to go have fun. I tell my customers to wheel it stock to get an idea of what it's capable of, then by the time you're ready to lift it you know the limits and are that much more appreciative of the upgrade in performance. Some people don't like that idea, and some have thanked me profusely for it. It's all preference and what you're looking to get out of your Jeep.

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35s with moderate off-roading? Why are there $4000 lift kits being posted?

I ran coil spacers and shock extensions on the rocks for 2 years with 35s. I'm not saying it's the best, but my experience with JK owners is very few of them actually know what they "need" to go out on the trails. The RK flex lift posted is a great choice if you plan on upgrading the Jeep further down the road..and picking up the pace some with trail difficulty. $4000 MetalCloak? Did freninAZ actually think that was a reasonable option for the original poster?

Anyway, OP, figure out what kinda trails you'd like to do, what sort of budget you have and what your future plans for the rig might entail. Mine started with a $180 budget boost on 35s until I figured out what I needed. I haven't made it too much further than that and run the absolute hardest trails my rig will remotely go up on 37s.

It's just a little annoying to see a guy new to off-roading, with pretty simple requests and it's looking like he has no viable options other than spending $1000 in parts to do what he's looking to do.

coil spacers and shock extensions on 35s...it didn't even blow up! [sarcasm]


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